MANAS WILD LIFE

This is a newly open tour routes destinations this tour will introduce you to Bhutan and GNH, insights into “Happiness in Action”. You may fly in to Paro and visit major western Bhutan region of valleys with snow clapped and pristine mountains. This journey will start at 2300 Mt to 3200,then slowly descends blending with green mountains along the river, crossing small villages, township and settlements, follows the narrow valley, gradually descending to foothills of southern Bhutan, witnessing a sea of changes in the vegetation. Finally, to Manas wild life sanctuary experience.

Duration

11 Nights | 12 Days

Perfect Season

All time

Destinations

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Tsirang, Gelephu, S/jong & Manas

Walking hours per day

5 to 6

Level of Difficulty

Medium

Start Point

Paro

End Point

Samdrupjongkhar

The Highest Altitude

4458 m

  • OVERVIEW
  • TOUR INCLUDES
  • TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • TOUR PLACES
OVERVIEW
11 Nights | 12 Days
Day 1

Abroad To Paro

Your introduction to our enchanting kingdom begins on a flight over the Himalayas into the lush green valley of Paro; truly one of the world’s most spectacular sights… You will view the world’s highest, most majestic peaks and enjoy the view of the approaching valley with its primeval alpine forest, monasteries, temples and farmhouse nestled in splendid mountain isolation.

On arrival to Paro you will be received by our representative, the tour guide, and driven to the Hotel for check in Paro Hotel

After lunch: Sightseeing On arrival to Paro visit :National MuseumNational Musuem(TaDzong) This is once the Watch Tower for the RinpungDzong. It was converted into a NationalMuseum in 1968. It has many national treasures and a visit to the Museum will provide an excellent introduction to Bhutan and its history.

Paro Dzong: RinpungDzong The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guard houses, to the dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school.

Evening: Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple one of the oldest Temple built in Bhutan by, and it houses the Jo Jampa future Buddha and the Guru Lhakhang with ancient painting, Evening strolls around the small and cozy town of Paro

Day 2

Paro to Taktsang – Thimphu

Today, we go to a place that has become a must for every visitor to Bhutan – the hike up to the “Tiger’s Nest” or Taktshang monastery. This religious edifice, about 800 meters above the Paro valley floor, is built on a dizzying ledge of a gigantic granite cliff that hangs on a mountainside. Buddhists consider the place so holy that to visit it once in a lifetime is considered a must. It was here that Padmasambhava, an eighth century master who is considered to be the second Buddha in the Himalayan Buddhist world, mediated and concealed religious teachings for the future generations. After Taktshang visit, we stop for lunch at a cafeteria en- route, and then descending to base and drive to Thimphu. En route visit the 14th century Temple and the Iron bridge. Check into your hotel

Day 3 

Thimphu to Thimphu Sightseeing

Visit: Kuenselphodrang where the world’s biggest Buddha statue is built overlooking the valley, the massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 m, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world.

Visit: The Arts and Craft school (Zorig Chusum)

Visit: Indigenous hospital, Traditional Medicine Centre which includes a herbal medicine

Afternoon: Visit the Pangri Zampa Astrological collage, Visit: Tara temple

Visit Thimphu Trashichhodzong, the Central Secretariat of the Government

Evening: Dinner at the local Bhutanese restaurant Overnight: Hotel

Day 4

Thimphu to Punakha

Drive to Punakha stop at the Dochu- la pass (3150mrs). The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimphu to Punakha where 108 memorial Chortens or stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens.

En- route to Punakha. Short hike to Chimilhakhang, taking you across rice paddies to the Temple of Fertility at Lobesa, dedicated to the 15th century Buddhist master and iconoclast Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the Divine Madman. Today, the temple is frequented by barren couples to receive the blessings of fertility from a 15th century wooden phallus and prayers. This temple currently very respected on power of fertility, many local and international couple, children visit to get blessing. After Lunch at local restaurant: visit Our most significant visit today is Punakha Dzong, a magnificent castle-fortress that served as the old capital of Bhutan. It is considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 on the confluence of the Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river) this fortress monastery is the preserve of Bhutan’s most precious religious relics and treasures. It is in this monument that the Kiings of Bhutan are crowned and the head of Buddhism in Bhutan (Chief Abbot) winter resident

Day 5 

Thimphu to Punakha

Drive to Punakha stop at the Dochu- la pass (3150mrs). The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimphu to Punakha where 108 memorial Chortens or stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens.

En- route to Punakha. Short hike to Chimilhakhang, taking you across rice paddies to the Temple of Fertility at Lobesa, dedicated to the 15th century Buddhist master and iconoclast Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the Divine Madman. Today, the temple is frequented by barren couples to receive the blessings of fertility from a 15th century wooden phallus and prayers. This temple currently very respected on power of fertility, many local and international couple, children visit to get blessing. After Lunch at local restaurant: visit our most significant visit today is Punakha Dzong, a magnificent castle-fortress that served as the old capital of Bhutan. It is considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 on the confluence of the Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river) this fortress monastery is the preserve of Bhutan’s most precious religious relics and treasures. It is in this monument that the Kiings of Bhutan are crowned and the head of Buddhism in Bhutan (Chief Abbot) winter resident

Day 6 

Punakha to Tsirang- Gelephu

Drive to Wangdue – Tsirang – Gelephu 170 km (6 hours)

After breakfast: Drive to Gelephu southern Bhutan through the Tsirang, Sarpang and to Gelephu The road descends following experience beautiful drive through the River valleys passing several villages, local market finally winding roads descends through the foothills to the plains. Just before Gelephu you reach to Sarpang finally to Gelephu. On arrival to Gelephu. Hot spring area where people visit to try hot spring as it is considered as medicinal most popular hot spring visited by the Bhutanese for their healing. Overnight at Tsachu Eco lodge Private Wood dining, towering trees and forested valleys all around. Serene Air in the evenings was cool and refreshing, Sleep with light sound of river Mau, complete Nature retreat with a beautiful river a short walk away.

Day 7

Gelephu

After leisure breakfast, visit Hot spring area where people visit to try hot spring as it is considered as medicinal most popular hot spring visited by the Bhutanese for their healing.

Day visits to village of Sershong, Pemaling and Lunch at farm house. Overnight: Tsachu Eco lodge and relax.

Day 8

Gelephu To Gomphu- Pantang

Journey to Manas

After Breakfast Drive to Gomphu through Tingtibi, Drive from Eco lodge to Pantang will take you through pristine forest, experiencing Nature Paradise drive, You will come across small villages such as Tingtibi, Gomphu and to Pantang village town where you will overnight in this small basic Eco lodge by the riverside. Overnight: Pantang Eco lodge

Day 9

Pantang To Panbang – Manas

After Leisure local breakfast drive 25 Km to Panbang passing breathtaking twin water fall to Panbang village town headquarters for Lower Kheng region. In Panbang visit the bamboo craft place made at Bjoka village. Explore around Panbang. Overnight: Panbang Eco lodge located by the meeting of two Major Giant River of Bhutan. You can see the wild animal by the riverside.

Day 10

Manas Exploration

After Breakfast: Start your day with Rafting to Manas panbang, you’re rafting in Manas River on the highlight experience ROYAL MANAS PARK

Royal Manas National Park is Bhutan’s first formally declared protected area, and the first to have a scientifically based management plan. Located in southern Bhutan along the Indian border, the park is connected by biological corridors to several other parks, and forms a very important part of the Bhutan Biological Conservation Complex (B2C2) landscape. Royal Manas covers a vast diversity of tropical grasslands, temperate moist forests, alpine meadows, and scrublands. There have been some 45 species of mammals, including one-horned rhinoceros, 366 species of birds, including four species of hornbills, and 900 species of vascular plants identified in the park. Royal Manas National Park is especially unique because over 92% of the park is still under forest cover; therefore it represents one of the best examples of the Eastern Himalayan ecosystem.

Day 11

Manas – Panbang – Nanglam 50 Km

After breakfast drive to Nanglam through the spectaculars forests stopping to see the wild animal. Overnight at Norbugang Eco lodge

Day 12

Nanglam – Pemagatsel- S/jongkhar

After breakfast drive to Pemagatsel District further to Samdrup jongkhar

Day 13

S/jongkhar to Guwahati – Depart

Our representative will see off from Guwahati Airport in Assam, India. Your immigration formalities will be done at the Kalanadi Check Post in India about 3 Km from Samdrupjongkhar border. It will then take about 2 hours to reach Guwahati Airport.

TOUR INCLUDES

Hotels

Tour Guide

Transportation

Monument fees

Visa

Meals

Mineral Water

Hot spring

Sleeping Tent

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Natural Hot Spring

Birding hot spots

Drive through spectacular reserved forest

Fishing

Experience the remote rural life of Bhutan

Exciting rafting / Boating

Encounter the interesting vegetation changes

Nature walks and hiking

Special Elephant safari to see wild life

TOUR PLACES

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Mercury Bhutan Travels

Dungkar Lam, Motithang

Thimphu, Bhutan

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